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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
We know that the race that we run is a marathon, not a short sprint. These momentary trials we go through do not last forever, although it may seem like they do, they are gone before you know it. Perseverance is time tested. It’s not microwaved and drive through- it’s not swipe and Prime Delivery shows up in 2 days- its a process and many times hard- It’s during the middle of those trials where God does a work in us and develops us if we allow him to be more like Jesus.
As James is talking about testing of your faith in this chapter he reminds us to ask him for wisdom and his Holy Spirit will speak to us and give us the wisdom we need for our specific situation. We just have to be tuned in to hear gods voice. Through his word, his small still voice and talking to other believers, God speaks to us in so many ways.
Be encouraged today that no matter what situation you are walking through God is with you he is for you and he wants you to walk in victory knowing that he will give you the strength and power to endure and stand up under the test you may be facing today. I hope you have a great day, God bless you!
There is a term out there in sports and many refer to different sports personalities as the GOAT (greatest of all time).
Tom Brady in football, Michael Jordan in basketball and possibly Stan Musial in baseball.
There is only one GOAT, his name is Jesus. He came to earth to save us from our sins. He went to the cross and paid for our sin penalty in full, obeying his Father and died a cruel death. He then arose from the grave and lives today!
None of these sports figures have or will ever accomplish that feat- leaving Jesus the one and only GOAT!
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Every day we wake up and have a choice! God gives us Freewill whether we will choose to start the day with him or not. Our choice!
I continue to be reminded with a fresh outlook on getting into his Word and allowing God to speak to me that my day is much, much better. I am more focused and the daily discipline of looking at scripture, keeps my thoughts more aligned with God throughout the day.
Here’s a few quick tips to help:
1. Pick the time and place in advance where you will read your devotion and allow Gods Word to speak to you. Even if you start with 5 minutes and do it consistently you can build great habits.
2. There will be things and people that will try to distract you and get you off the path. There is an enemy named Satan and he wants to steal, kill and destroy your life. If he can throw curve balls at you and you swing, he’s got your eyes off the main pitch.
3. If you miss a day, pick it back up the next day. Don’t beat yourself up and just quit, keep fighting the good fight! Gods grace is sufficient for you and he loves you too much to give up on you.
Tell your friends and family about your journey with Jesus, you just might inspire them to start doing the same thing! God is so good, all the time!
The Word of God directs us, encourages us, gives us hope and provides every day living wisdom to live by!